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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Physician Assistant, Medical

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,060Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 54

$336K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 54

194 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
37%Patients 65 Years and Older
92% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in Utah
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 194 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 194 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 2,390 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $72 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of
this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Utah
OMEPRAZOLE 302 97 1 5
LISINOPRIL 283 90 2 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 249 112 3 2
METFORMIN HCL 213 118 4 6
SIMVASTATIN 175 88 5 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 162 80 S3 6 1
FENOFIBRATE 158 31 7 37
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 153 60 8 21
TRAMADOL HCL 153 47 8 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 133 66 10 9
GABAPENTIN 119 30 11 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 111 56 12 15
NEXIUM 110 48 13 47
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 101 0 14 17
GLIMEPIRIDE 100 63 15 36
PROAIR HFA 96 60 16 52
SPIRIVA 87 56 17 54
LANTUS 83 11 18 24
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 79 32 19 29
CRESTOR 75 22 20 25
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 73 11 R 21 57
FUROSEMIDE 72 36 22 11
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 71 50 23 23
TRICOR 70 11 24 59
LOVASTATIN 69 37 25 60
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 61 20 26 28
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 14 27 19
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 57 18 28 20
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 36 28 43
ACTOS 55 26 30 48
INSULIN SYRINGE 54 21 31 74
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 54 23 31 18
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.